The International Air Transport Association (IATA ) has rolled out the environmental assessment for airports and ground service providers (IEnvA for Airports and Gsps ).

Edmonton International Airport (YEG), the air passenger and air cargo facility in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region of the Canadian province of Alberta, is the first to participate in the expanded programme.

IEnvA is an environmental management system based on standards and better practices, which were formed with the support of airlines, airports, ground service providers, IATA and sustainability experts.

Complying with ISO14001 (Environmental Management) requirements, IEnvA utilises IATA’s expertise with safety auditing (IOSA) for oversight, quality control, and governance.

IEnvA for Airports and GSPs is an extension of the IEnvA for Airlines.

Participants can use the IEnvA programmes to create potential environmental management plans with continual performance enhancements.

Around 50 airlines are currently participating in the programme, of which 34 are fully certified and others are under process.

IEnvA for Airports and GSPs will implement ‘tried-and-tested’ IEnvA oversight, governance, and quality control processes.

It will also focus on providing standards and recommended practices, training access, readiness workshops, and external assessment.

IATA environment and sustainability senior vice president Sebastian Mikosz said: “IEnvA has a solid track record of improving the environmental performance of airlines.

“As the aviation industry committed to improving sustainability, including achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the expansion of IEnvA to airports and GSPs is critical.

“With Edmonton International Airport’s pioneering participation in the expanded programme, we have a clear signal that the industry’s sustainability commitments are being actioned in a systematic results-oriented approach across the value chain.”